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Aida’s Secrets

Israel,Germany,United States | 2016 | 91 min | English,Hebrew | Alon Schwarz

The lives of two families, one in Canada and the other in Israel, begin to unravel then connect with each other in this highly-charged universal story of hidden secrets and lies. Izak and Shepsel were born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and sent to Israel for adoption. Separated as babies, neither was told the other existed. An investigation into the mysterious history of their birth family leads to an amazing reunion of the two brothers and their elderly mother after more than six decades.

Aida’s Secret examines identity, resilience, compassion and the plight of displaced persons as Izak and Shep finally meet in Canada, before heading to a nursing home in Quebec to introduce Shep to his elderly mother, Aida, for the first time. The film offers a rare glimpse into the displaced persons camps created in Germany after World War II, showing the vibrant and wild social life that flourished among the young survivors.

*Director Alon Schwarz will attend the Festival in Auckland. A Q&A will follow the screenings.

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    The Roxy

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    Q Theatre

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  • Winner Doc Aviv Audience Award
  • Winner Miami JFF Audience Award
  • Winner Atlanta JFF Best Documentary Jury Award
  • Winner Hot Docs Toronto - 10 Best Audience Favorite